J. FLETCHER ROSSER DAY: Barbecue fundraiser furthers Breadbasket's mission

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

The Breadbasket has helped feed Lee County's hungry for more than two decades, and on Friday, area residents can contribute to that cause by lifting their own forks.

J. Fletcher Rosser Day is named in memory and honor of Rosser, who was essential in the founding of the Breadbasket. A barbecue plate fundraiser is scheduled throughout the day at St. Luke United Methodist Church, located at 2916 Wicker St. The $8 plates, which include barbecue, beans and slaw, are available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Friday, and orders are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday. They can be placed by calling (919) 775-3525 or faxing an order to (919) 775-2113.  People are able to eat in or take out the plates, and Breadbasket President Bob Jones III said he's expecting close to 2,000 plates to be sold.

"This is one of our biggest events," Jones said. "We do not take [in] any other sort of grants. All of our donations come from one of two projects we have a year to raise money."

The group also sponsors a dinner theater with the Temple Theatre.

The Breadbasket provides a hot meal to people in need Monday through Friday, and nearly 50,000 plates were served in 2012. The organization is seeing a slight dip in the number of people seeking food this calendar year, Jones said, but the situation is still dire.

"People still don't have food," he said. "We and others try and serve them the best way that we can."

Amanda Pavone is one of the organization's many volunteers, and said she comes back because of the community-like atmosphere fostered within the Breadbasket.

"They come in and sit down, and it's kinda like a small family," she said. "They have conversations, laugh, share news about jobs. They communicate with each other as much as they can."

The volunteers are inspired by what they witness at the Breadbasket, she said.

"It really makes them feel like they have made a difference," she said. "It makes them feel complete."

Jones agreed, adding that volunteering is a moving experience.

"The people who come in are so appreciative and tell [the volunteers] all of the kind things. It makes the volunteers feel good," he said.

The organization is also accepting donations at The Breadbasket, P.O. Box 912, Sanford, N.C. 27331-0912.

The Breadbasket is located at 140 E. Chisholm St.